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Milestones, Jul. 22, 1940

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Born. To Senator William Howell Smathers of New Jersey, 49; and Mary James Foley Smathers, 29: a son; in Atlantic City, N. J. Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz. Name: James Foley. Said the Senator, father of five: “I feel as if I were just starting life over again.”

Engaged. David Rockefeller, 25, son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and secretary to New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia; and Margaret McGrath of Mount Kisco, N. Y.

Married. Anne McDonnell, 22, second daughter of James Francis McDonnell, granddaughter of the late Inventor and Utilitycoon Thomas Edward Murray; and Henry Ford II, 22, eldest son of Edsel Bryant Ford, grandson and namesake of Motor Manufacturer Henry Ford; in Southampton, L. I. Born a Protestant, the groom was tutored in the Catholic faith and married by the Rt. Rev. Monsignor Fulton John Sheen, who at the conclusion of the ceremony announced: “Pope Pius XII sends his apostolic blessing to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford II.” Among the 600 guests: the Harvey Firestone Jr.’s, William S. Knudsens, John F. Crosbys, former Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison, Mrs. Joseph Kennedy, wife of the U. S. Ambassador to Great Britain, former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith, Henry Ford Sr.

Died. The newborn daughter of Tobacco Heiress Doris Duke Cromwell, 27; and James H. R. Cromwell, 44, former U. S. Minister to Canada; 24 hours after its birth; in Honolulu.

Died. Robert Wadlow, 22, tallest man in medical annals (8 ft., 9½ in., 491 lb.); of complications following a foot infection; in Manistee, Mich.

Died. Richard H. Otto, 59, executive of Brooks Brothers clothing store; of the effects of an operation; in Manhattan. Foremost expert in tying fashionable ascot ties, Cravateer Otto knotted wedding neckpieces for Astors, Rockefellers, Roosevelts, Wanamakers, Morgans; in a single June once tied 105 ascots.

Died. James Handasyd (pronounced han’-da-side) Perkins, 64, chairman of the board of the National City Bank of New York, chairman of the board of the City Bank Farmers Trust Co.; of a heart attack; in Mount Kisco, N. Y. In World War I Harvardman Perkins was awarded the American Distinguished Service Medal, officership in the Legion of Honor, a commandership in the Order of the Crown of Belgium.

Died. Frances Neill Rose Benet, 80, writer-mother of Authors William Rose, Stephen Vincent, Laura Benet; of a cerebral hemorrhage; in Amagansett, L. I.

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